Wiksten is having a small online sample sale next Wednesday, May 2. Majorly reduced prices on one-of-a-kind items. Pictured above are a few of the pieces that will be for sale. There will only be about 6 items up for grabs, and they will all be size M.
I'm still doing a spring/summer collection, which will be available in June. It's a very scaled down version of what I wanted to do, but sometimes life just gets in the way, you know? I was a little heartbroken about it at first, but I've since come to terms with it and am grateful to be doing any collection at all. One of the reasons for my initial disappointment was that this is probably going to be my last real ready-to-wear collection.
Here's the deal: I've been frustrated with my clothing line for awhile now. I love designing but don't get to do much of that. I'm so busy sewing, packing orders, and running my shop that I don't have time to create. It's always been important for me to make the garments myself, but since I'm the only one sewing I can't make enough garments to supply the demand. My business model is one that always results in disappointed customers as well as me being overworked. I've thought about outsourcing the work to a factory, but I believe that isn't work that I would enjoy. I have friends who do this, and I know how it goes. I don't want to spend my time managing production. It's just not for me.
In the meantime, my sewing pattern business is booming. Turns out making sewing patterns is a better way to make a living than sewing garments. Thus my pattern business has kind of taken over my life and given me even less time for the clothing line. And the sewing patterns bring it all back around to what this is really about. The idea of making! People making things! Not a factory making things that we buy. (Not that there's anything wrong with that. I love many factory-made garments that I own. Handmade is what really excites me though, what I'm passionate about.) I'm crazy about the fact that people everywhere my age are sewing. It's cool to sew again. Amen. There's nothing like that feeling of wearing something that you made yourself or that someone special made for you.
So while my business is growing faster than ever, that involves some changes and growing pains. Having a clothing line was always my dream. But you know what? My head is full of dreams. Always has been, always will be. I'm excited to try out some new things. Starting in July, when all my work deadlines are over, I'm going to take a couple of weeks off and just start over. I'll write a super kick-ass business plan, reorganize, and recharge. Maybe hire an employee? I'm still going to continue to sell my own patterns and handmade goods from other designers in my shop, and I'm sure I'll still sell some of my own knitted and home goods and the occasional limited edition ready-to-wear dress. And there will be collaborations. But changes are happening. I can't wait.